Publishing a book and blog for the entire world to read, means one must be ready for the critics, even the really unforgiving, judgmental and unsympathetic ones. Sometimes they are strangers on the other side of the world and other times they are your very own loved ones.
I’ve experienced my first super harsh critic. And one who said the words I have feared the greatest.
You CHOSE to not have kids.
Publicly starting the conversation that it is okay to stop IVF treatments before getting the intended result of becoming a mother and publicly owning our decision to not adopt have been some of the scariest things I have ever done.
Scary because I have ultimately feared this exact judgment.
What if people think I did not want kids bad enough because I didn’t do 5, 10 years of treatments? What if people think I did not want kids bad enough because I’m willing to admit that adoption isn’t right for me?
What if people think I didn’t want to be a mom bad enough?
Maybe to some, I have chosen to not be a mother.
But I know my truth.
I fought really hard to be a mother. I paid lots of money to be a mother. I endured painful tests and procedures to be a mother. I put my body through synthetic hormonal hell to be a mother. I put my faith and trust into many doctors and other humans to be a mother.
Does accepting that the battle would never have my desired outcome mean I chose to not be a mom? Does redefining my life and figuring out childfree mean I chose to not be a mom? Does accepting what is mean I chose to not be a mom?
Maybe to some, this is my choice to not have children. But, I know I tried to be a mom. And, though, I respect your opinion I will not be defined by it.
I am working every day to accept graciously that I will never be a mom in the traditional sense.
And I know, accepting this as my truth doesn’t mean I didn’t want it.
And I know, redefining everything doesn’t mean I chose not to have kids.
I have chosen what I can. I have accepted what is.
And I write about it, to help and heal myself, and hopefully others.
And I will not apologize for that, as I choose to be my own witness in search of others; my warriors and friends.
And the only thing scarier than publicly owning all of this as my truth?
Would be not owning it.
Sometimes we don’t get what we want or what we dreamed of or what we fought really hard for or, even, what we feel is meant as ours.
Sometimes we lose our way, our truth, our dreams and faith.
But, sometimes it is through these very never meant to be’s that we find ourselves, our journey and our truth.
No matter the judgments and shaming and misunderstanding, this is my story of not just proving it, but owning it.
So be clear as I clarify for my critics, I will not armor up, I will not shy away and I will not stop living my authentic truth.
Because this is my ever upward.